Friday, February 13, 2004

a lesson from south park

"look, maybe us mormons do believe in crazy stories that make absolutely no sense, and maybe joseph smith did make it all up. but i have a great life, and a great family, and i have the book of mormon to thank for that. the truth is, i don’t care if joseph smith made it all up, because what the church teaches now is loving your family, being nice and helping people. all i ever did was try to be your friend, stan, but you’re so high and mighty you couldn’t look past my religion and just be my friend back. you’ve got a lot of growing up to do, buddy. suck my balls."

just finished watching this classic episode of south park with my buddy derek. the show has several obvious flaws, but nonetheless, it made me think of a few things. i have been a little too critical of many people here in happy valley. there are sincere people who, like harrisions, are truly happy and content with believing without a second thought. i need to respect that more.
i know the show is a cartoon, but i think the harrisons are also a fine example of how mormons should live. not once did they mention the word of wisdom, or anything else that would have judged the people of southpark. instead, they constantly spoke (and acted) of taking care of the sick, poor, and needy. when people disagreed with them, they were fine with it. it did not change at all how they felt about their friends. they were loving people.

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